The good thing about waking up before your alarm clock goes off is that you get to enjoy a pretty sunrise outside your window, my lastest purchase is this super cute little Furla bag, morning meetings at Printemps and coffee at my favourite Fondation Café. Pretty blooms, Parisian cafés, the cutest little illustration of me by the very talented Mimi Nizan and gorgeous blue doors. “L’amour est mort” (meaning “love is dead”) found in the streets of Paris, weekend brunch at Holybelly, another pastel sunrise outside my window and pretty blooms and champagne to celebrate 500,000 people following along on my Instagram adventures!
This city gives me goosebumps at times. Sometimes for good reasons (like when you see views like the one above for example) and sometimes for bad reasons (I still can’t get over that urine stench in the métro)… But it’s mostly good goosebumps.
Editing work from fashion week is slowly coming to an end and is immediately replaced by boring administration work and going through my neglected inbox (apologies to anyone who’s trying to reach me at the moment). Embarrassingly enough (shhh, don’t tell anyone!) I’ve opted for coffee dates and girly chats instead of putting my head down and getting stuff done, but sometimes you’re allowed to do that, right?
• Harper’s Bazaar lists the 17 best travel accounts to follow on Instagram, thank you for including mine.
• Moda Operandi talks to familiar faces in the fashion industry about their first time…
• I shared a couple of Paris suggestions on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram account a while back, see the whole story here.
• Taylor vs. Karlie, thanks to Vogue.com.
Towards the end of Paris Fashion Week Evangelie and I managed to get some time to shoot together (and eat crêpes, but that’s another story). By now I’m pretty sure that this girl can pull off almost anything – including an all white outfit in a city where black is everyone’s go to “colour”.
For more photos and outfit details, visit Evangelie’s blog.
Just as quickly as Paris Fashion Weeks seems to come around, it ends. I don’t mean to be one of those annoying people talking and complaining about how busy they are during this time but it really is unavoidable not to mention the word “busy” during a time like this. Although I would never complain since I basically get to live out my dream during a couple of days each year and loose a few extra pounds at the same time (since it’s practically impossible to eat while running around, jumping in and out of cabs and show venues). It’s really the most exciting time for my photography assignments and also because I get to see so many familiar faces who all come to Paris for work. To sum things up: my feet are covered in blisters but I have the biggest smile on my face once the last day of Paris Fashion Week comes around.
If you have a minute I’d love to share a few exciting projects I’ve been working on during this time (that you might have seen already if you’re around on Instagram). One of them was being able to photograph the very exciting LVMH prize showroom here in Paris for their social media channels with “international experts” like Nicolas Ghesquière, Patrick Demarchelier and Karl Lagerfeld dropping by to select the finalists who move on in the competition. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with LVMH prize (if not, you should totally read about it here before going to bed tonight) but it could (very amateurishly) be describes as a much fancier and professional version of Project Runway.
A highlight during the week was without a doubt photographing the Dior show for the brand itself. Roaming around and photographing the empty (and pink!) set, shooting VIP guests like Kanye West, Dakota Johnson and Lorde and capturing the actual runway show feels like a dream at this point. I wish all jobs and assignments could be this much fun (even though my nerves make it impossible to get any sort of sleep the night before).
Other exciting events during that week was also to meet Georgia May Jagger at the beautiful Mulberry party at Galeries Lafayette, watching Karlie Kloss strut down the Elie Saab runway, getting green with envy of the beautiful venue and new collection at the Roger Vivier presentation, photographing another special thing for Carolina Herrera and shooting a very exciting project together with the lovely Tina Leung and Elie Saab. Hopefully I can share more photos from this super fun photo shoot soon (after I’ve finished three days of editing work that is…).
Last but not least I have to share a couple of snapshots from the Louis Vuitton show, held outside the new Louis Vuitton Fondation space (a must visit for those who haven’t been yet). Before you know if I guess it will be time for yet another fashion week. I can only hope that it’ll be just as busy and fantastic as this one!
Last year, after coming back from New York fashion week in late February, Nicole and I were greeted by this beautiful pink tree full of blossoms in front of the Eiffel Tower. Can it get more picturesque than that?! Somehow spring had arrived unusually early in Paris and we photographed Nicole in a skirt that day, without even being cold (yes, yes, I know that the weather turned pretty rainy and wintery a couple of days later but we did have a very early spring last year). I don’t think I’ve ever shared these photos on here before but I thought it might give spring a little extra push to arrive sooner rather than later here in Paris this year. Because I seriously can’t wait for pretty pink blossoms, picnics along the Seine and throwing away my winter boots for cute ballet flats and spring jackets.
A while back I shared a couple of Parisian tips on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram, Racines(2) was one of them, I received this adorable little save the date in the mail, had breakfast at Ladurée and spent one morning photographing for Dior. I visited the new shoe department at Le Bon Marché (and oh. my. god. is all I have to say), I had a meeting at Lanvin who had super cute love notes in the elevators, stumbled upon pretty city views and smelled as many flowers as I possible could. I visited Palais-Royal for a Café Kitsuné coffee with Katie while enjoying the blue skies and some sun, stumbled upon YSL (who I wish was my neighbour) and strolled around Saint-Germain with my darling Lauren.
Magical sunlight and people sitting outside reading in the park – a few of my favourite signs of that we’ve left winter behind (crossing both fingers and toes) and going towards sunnier times. I can’t wait for spring!
A few photos from Paris before I escaped to London the other week. My favourite Carolina Herrera bag, the beautiful Palais-Royal, a very fun pyjama party at Le Meurice and the gorgeous view from Institut du Monde Arabe. Jardin du Luxembourg looking all pretty, exploring greenhouses in new-to-me parts of Paris, crossing bridges with spectacular views and spotting cute little Vespas all around town. A beautiful sunset in Jardin des Tuileries, seeing the Palais-Royal after several years of renovations for the very first time, strolling through my favourite Place Dauphine and a morning spent at Musée Rodin.